Newcastle United fans have taken to social media to react to news that manager Rafael Benitez has chosen to hand Jonjo Shelvey a shock start for the club’s clash against Southampton on Saturday.
The Magpies revealed their starting line up via their official Twitter account, confirming that the Spanish boss had chosen to make three changes from the side which were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool last weekend.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 10, 2018
Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy all dropped out of the side to make way for Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez as Benitez and his men welcome the Saints to St James’ Park in what could prove to be a crunch clash in terms of the Premier League relegation battle.
Ahead of kick off, Newcastle sit 16th in the table, two points and two places off the drop zone, while Southampton are one spot and one point below in 17th.
Of those starting the clash, it was the inclusion of Shelvey which had the Toon Army raving, turning to Twitter to reveal their joy at seeing the English maestro featuring after an injury blow which looked as though it would rule him out of the clash.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Jonjo Shelvey starts today. Very good news for #NUFC
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) March 10, 2018
Thought he was crocked, but ????????????
— Ash (@El_Tibur0n) March 10, 2018
Shelvey hopefully makes the difference #NUFC
— lincsmagpie (@lincsmagpie) March 10, 2018
Happy that Shelvey has recovered. If he plays well, we normally play well. #NUFC
— Matthew Thomas (@TattyMhomas) March 10, 2018
Worried Shelvey’s been rushed back too quick, but still a good team. https://t.co/yyC0jYSD8s
— John (@jbxnufc) March 10, 2018
— Empèror Corleonê (@EmperorArtist) March 10, 2018
Shelvey in the team ???????? https://t.co/P1nCcnqQii
— Austin Scott (@Austin_14Scott) March 10, 2018
— Newcastle Toons (@NewcastleToons) March 10, 2018
— Roy Emanuel (@Roy13a) March 10, 2018
The reverse fixture between the sides saw a 2-2 draw played out at St Mary’s, where goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez were cancelled out by a double from Manolo Gabbiadini.
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